Suspect enters no plea in cold-blooded murder of popular bartender

MENTOR ON THE LAKE, OH (WOIO) - UPDATE: The man accused of murdering a popular bartender was in court on Wednesday morning.

26-year-old Joseph Thomas was arrested on Tuesday and charged in the murder of 49-year-old Ann McSween.

Thomas entered a no plea, and his bond was set at $1M dollars.

McSween was leaving her shift at Mario's Lakeway Lounge Thanksgiving morning when she was attacked behind the building. Cops say she ran to a nearby home to get help, and frantically knocked on the windows. Too scared to answer McSween's cries, the homeowner called 911 instead.

Meanwhile, the killer dragged McSween's badly beaten body away from the house, and she died. Police found blood on the window where she sought help, and a trail of blood leading away from the house.

Police are not releasing any more info on Thomas and how he knew McSween or what the motive might have been.

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